Someone at Disney/Pixar totally gets it

Just came from seeing “Ratatouille,” and it was so very, very good. They got all the food details just right: they use Microplane graters in the kitchen! (Is that Bar Keeper’s Friend I saw (on the old French lady’s countertop?)?) They cover the French brigade system (though why go into commis and not include a chef de cuisine?)! But most importantly, they illustrate how inextricably linked food and memory are, how transporting a bite can be. Color me impressed. That was one helluva food movie. I will totally go see it again. And probably cry all over again.

Other recent screenings: “After This Our Exile,” “City of Violence” (both NY Asian Film Festival, both wonderful), and “Serenity,” the film follow-up to one of the best TV series I’ve devoured in recent memory: “Firefly.” I’ve never understood the appeal of Buffy, but Firefly has me totally convinced that Joss Whedon is a genius. And I heart Nathan Fillion.

[Update: Also, how awesome is it that, because of Disney/Pixar/Brad Bird, children everywhere will know what ratatouille is? And how to pronounce it. I only wish they had done something for poor, frequently mangled “bruschetta” as well.]


4 Responses to “Someone at Disney/Pixar totally gets it”

  1. 1 kevjohn July 2, 2007 at 4:06 pm

    Firefly was one of the best shows to come on tv in the past decade or so, and probably the best sci-fi series ever. And to think it didn’t even last for one full season. Damned networks.

    Oh yeah, this is a food blog. I should say something food-related. Hmmm…. Ummm… Oh, I got one! Stuck out in space, the crew of Serenity typically had to eat what would best be described as “space gruel,” a pinkish/greyish paste that probably tasted as good as it looked. One episode however, they got their hands on some fresh produce. The look on Kaylee’s (the ship’s mechanic) as she bit into a ripe strawberry, for perhaps the first time in her life, could best be described as orgasmic.

  2. 2 winyang July 2, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    I love that scene in “Our Mrs. Reynolds” (my favorite episode, actually) where Saffron makes Mal dinner, while Wash and Zoe look on (with a little envy and a little contempt, respectively), and Wash is all, “Is that bao? “Did you make bao from scratch?!” Just another example of the remarkable attention to detail Whedon and company paid to this show. And that bao zi really did look friggin’ tasty.

    And yes, Kaylee’s expression when she eats that strawberry is wonderful. And what everyone should look like when they bite into a perfectly ripe strawberry.

  3. 3 daisy July 10, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    i read somewhere that thomas keller was a consultant for the film . . . ?

  4. 4 winyang July 10, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    Yeah, that’s right. Also Bourdain apparently (though not to the same extent): see here (a totally awesome post that further describes how much this film speaks to food people).

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